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Thursday, Sep 23, 2021

Extreme Tarver Library Makeover: Bathroom Edition

Is it possible to overemphasize the importance of a clean and sanitary public restroom, especially when it is on a college campus?
Jack Tarver Library is remarkable for its size, collection of books, DVDs, etc., and the 24 hours study room; however, when it comes to the restrooms, things do not seem too optimistic.
As a junior and biology major, I have spent most of my freshmen and sophomore years studying in the library like most mercer students.
I do not usually particularly care about what type of a desk/room I get as long as it is quiet.
Conversely, the condition of a restroom matters a good bit, not just to me, but I suppose to many of you as well.
Current restrooms, structurally speaking, seem more like a tiny banquet facility or a department store with the huge ceilings. Not that high ceilings are a particularly bad thing; however, how much energy do you think it consumes to filter air from such a huge restroom?
And I wonder why it smells really bad almost every single time one walks in there.
Not only does the high ceiling consume more energy to filter all that air, it allows for really poor lighting to reach the floor, which makes the restroom seem dirtier than it really is.
Most of the time, I walk into a restroom and it seems clean and fresh just because of its brightness from good lightning.
A lower ceiling would save energy and give a brighter look to these restrooms.
Who likes to smell a week-old fecal material or urine that has not been flushed? Even after the restrooms are “supposedly” cleaned every morning?
I do not think there is anyone who would appreciate that smell, especially students who are studying and use the restroom as a part of their break time.
It is our fault that many of us don’t flush and don’t care about keeping it clean. However, am I the only one who is seeing an increasing use of toilets/urinals that flush automatically, and save water by using less water?
The use of automatic toilets would not only ensure a clean look, it would also maintain the quality of the urinals/toilets, and most important of all, save WATER!
These old flushing systems we have in place now flush at least a gallon per flush if not more, and it still smells nasty.
How about a description of a visit to the restroom on an average day at Mercer to get a better understanding of why we need to renovate these restrooms and make them easily manageable?
As my friend Rob Mathis describes it, the library’s restrooms are “...just a lot of leaks, paper towels on the floor, toilets that are not flushed, paper towels in the sink, have a dark unsanitary feeling and really really bad smell”. I would also like to highlight the fact that the restrooms on the 1st and 3rd floor were closed due to acts of vandalism that are probably very common in restrooms with walls you can write on. Would be harder to write on walls that have bathroom tiles on them?
Speaking of bathroom tiles, I would like to point out the health concerns related to the condition of these restrooms.
The current walls cannot be washed or cleaned like tiles, and that adds another surface for different types of matter to accumulate on.
I am not sure about female restrooms but male restrooms almost always have a sticky layer of dried up urine under the urinals, which is not only disgusting but allows for fungal and bacterial growth.
Also, judging by the average condition of our current restrooms, do you think it is prone to bacterial, fungal and mold growth? And how would that affect the spreading of disease on such a closely tied college campus?
If the UC can have nice restrooms, where there is high volume of foot traffic especially on game days, shouldn’t we invest in restrooms for the library where there is a good amount of student traffic each day of the school year?
I think this should definitely be a concern for our campus and made into a priority.


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